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it's about to happen. the question is, we don't know what is about to be said. what is their game plan? how will carly fiorina reintroduce herself on a new staining, in a new role. we're about to find out. i'm shepherd smith in new york. here is neil cavuto. all right, thank you very much, shepard. this is your world, and i think they call this a game of one up man ship. he is seizing the moment. never mind the fact, especially after night, he trailed by almost 400 delegates, and he is out of this as i am. he is trying his best to steal the thunder, and if you think about it, on the day at that donald trump had a big foreign policy speech, that was supposed to be the only thing he was talking about today, this is what they're talking about today. and for ted cruz, hooking up with carly fiorina has, well, numerous rewards. before they speak to john roberts on what they're
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planning. john joins us in indianapolis. >> reporter: neil, good afternoon. we're expecting to take the stage in a little while. you put it there succinctly there. taking away the narrative from donald trump. he won new york in a landslide the week before and he had the big foreign policy speech today. he said the cruz campaign, which really needs to win indiana, not just wants to win indiana, but needs to win, if it has any hope of stopping donald trump from getting the majority of the delegates, decided to throw another hail mary, the one the other day, by teaming up with john kasich, and announced in a few minutes that should ted cruz become the republican nominee, his running mate for the white house will be carly fiorina. now, she has been a faithful surrogate for him for a couple of months now. what does she bring to the table for the cruz campaign? she has deep background in business, with the cruz campaign needs. proponent of small government, which fits in with ted cruz's
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philosophy. she is also a very foil against hillary clinton, and reminds donald trump at every turn what he has said about women in the past. what are the negatives? as i said, she has been a surrogate for the campaign for a long time. i'm not sure what elevating her to the running mate at this point. this is the earliest i can remember any candidate coming out with a running mate. there were some words that were floated around earlier in the campaign, inconsistent, just another politician, too devivise, another reason why he could never been hillary clinton. those are all things that carly fiorina has said about ted cruz. now, you could say, well, political campaign, you say what you say to win, but these are things neil that are on videotape and you can bet the people playing them most are the folks in the trump campaign. >> john, you're great student of political history as well, you mentioned the earlier candidate has gone on to announce a
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running mate. the closest was with ronald reagan tried to pull off in 1976, putting pennsylvania governor on its ticket to try to rest that del egation and take the nomination from gerald fod. this is getting a lot of buzz. i'll ask you in reverse. will it work? >> reporter: that remains to be seen. as i said, i'm not quite sure what putting her on the ticket does, other than get him a day winning the news cycle, an ability to go up against the trump steamroller. trump will be here in a couple of hours, with a huge rally here, also in indianapolis, where he'll be joined on stage by the famous hoosier coach, bobby knight. they're going to be dueling it out here, because by many accounts, this is the stage that will determine whether donald trump can get a majority of delegates before the convention or whether cruz will be able to fight him on the floor in a
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contested convention. >> we're watching closely before they get to the stage there. john roberts, we'll be going back to you. mark meadows, a big cruz supporter. will this move the needle do you think for your candidate? >> if indeed this is the announcement, that it's carly, i don't know if it's as much about moving the needle as it is about picking someone who is extremely qualified and who can articulate the issues. we've seen that not only through her presidential campaign, but certainly as she has addressed the issues in my home state of north carolina, someone who is qualified, very articulate and has lived the american dream. you know, how better to go from a secretary in a nine-person real estate firm, to a potential vice-presidential nominee. if that doesn't give americans hope, i don't know what will. >> you know, congressman, i don't want to besmirch, it seems
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like a desperation move. he lost a lot of delegates and a lot of momentum last night. he is about 400 behind, and donald trump finds himself within 283 delegates of winning this thing, something that is very doable getting up to california. so let's say it doesn't work and your candidate loses. then what? >> well, really, it's too early. we've got inyan thdiana. >> it is certainly in the account gory category, it is not a must, but it is a very -- >> it is a must. it is a must. you're gentleman. but i am a bigger nerd than you are. it is a must. >> we love that nerd going back and norforth. >> you know momentum, congressman. this is about momentum. to the senator's credit, he has
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stolen a little thunder that donald trump had all to himself, especially with this big event he was planning in indianapolis tonight. but i'm wondering how this position let's say for california, and whether he could turn it around with the california, taking a woman on the ticket, it could change at least how the momentum goes to donald trump, going into the convention, right. that's what he -- >> well, it could. and certainly, i'm hopeful that it does. but we have been anticipating for a long time that we would have about two weeks of very difficult terrain, new york, pennsylvania, connecticut, those were expected. the cruz campaign is extremely well organized, as you know, so this doesn't come as a surprise to us. i can also say that the thing that's not being reported is that has been in consideration for this for a long time. so to suggest that this was a move that happened in the last
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couple of days because of the events of last night or a week or so ago, would be not accurate. because i can tell you that she has been there -- >> he didn't get blown out yesterday, i don't know if he would be doing it. >> we expected the results from yesterday would not have been good. >> okay. >> i would have expressed that before. but here is the interesting thing. let's not forget how well carly did when she was actually not even on the main debate stage. >> no, you're right about that. >> she won the hearts of -- >> i covered her for 30 years, congressman. hp days and before that, no, she is a smart cookie. i don't dismiss the im pack this will have. it certainly does nothing but help. but we'll see how much it helps. congressman, always a pleasure. >> great to be with you. thanks so much. scott brown, former senator who of course got a little
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history, taking ted kennedy's senate seat. does this development worry you? >> it's the worst kept secret inside and outside of washington, neil. carly, who i have a tremendous amount of respect for, and she would make a great vice-president for any of the candidates in a potential great president, the utmost respect for her. everyone has known for a while that she was going to be the running mate with senator cruz, because they've been in acceptabaccept accept ichlts nseperable over the last couple of months. >> he wants to deny donald trump getting the delegates. >> yeah, you referenced it earlier, 250 away? >> 283. >> a lot of states left. yeah, i am, and you are and everyone else in america and throughout the world actually. so yeah, i don't think that's going to happen. especially the way that it happened last night.
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getting more than 50 or around 50% of women, getting over the -- >> let me ask you, but do you think -- i don't want to jump, because he is going to speak. >> go, go, i appreciate it. >> do you think it's possible this puts pressure on donald trump to name a running mate now as well? >> no. >> or close to now? >> no. no, i know he is obviously like anybody, he is considering a whole host of folks for cabinet positions, obviously vice-presidential candidates and the like. and he is also doing a lot of good policy work. i thought the speech today was spot on and just what people were looking for. so yeah, there is a lot still happening. a lot that's going to happen. i think this is way premature as you referenced, the earliest in the country. kind of like a hail mary pass. sometimes they work. look at doug flutie in boston
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college. i love it. >> drop the flutie thing. i know what you're saying. can i get a sense from you, i'm amazed at how clever ted cruz is. >> he is brilliant. >> just when you think he is down-and-out, he finds a way to claw back, get the momentum. i noticed yesterday, we were covering this on fox business, he made his opening remarks in indiana. in other words, that he was going to forget about the night at hand and the glbludgeoning t come. i thought the kasich thing, say what you will was clever, and this is clever. he seems to be very clever. >> no, listen. neil, listen, that's politics 101. of course if you're going to get crushed in an area, why would you hang around. he did the same thing in new york. he went to pennsylvania, look what happened there.
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it's politics 101. i don't think it's any advantage whatsoever. because bobby knight is endorsing donald trump later this afternoon. it's almost one up manns ship. >> if you do get a backing, from pence. >> oh, yeah, easy. and ted is a brilliant pol fish shan, and i like him a lot. 400 plus, he said to kasich, get out. now he is not getting out. so it's kind of people are saying you know what, it's over. let's move on. but i'm hopeful at some point we'll get together and figure out what the choices are. hillary or donald. or bernie. who knows. >> speaking of donald, senator, i wondered if you talk to him. i heard his speech, last night, very presidential. he kept referring to ted cruz as senator cruz. he didn't talk about the eating habits of john kasich. i know you and i were chatting about that. you said, well, i'm
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paraphrasing, if you had your druthers, you wouldn't talk like that, and you didn't. did you talk to him? >> but we can't pull that off. i mean, kasich, the stuff with kasich is going to be on saturday night live. i guarantee you. and with the senator thing, he is a senator. he has earned that right and respect. i think everybody should be treated with dignity and respect. we're not donald trump. he can say things, he sees things quite frankly a lot of politicians don't see and goes right for the juggle. >> brilliant. >> and they happen to stick. of course, i, his family, his wife, please, don't act presidential, just be presidential. and focus on the things that people are talking. what got you there. which is obviously national and world security, foreign affairs, border security, isis, and those are the things that you're hearing him talk about now. so i'm thankful for that. i think the pressure has been taken off a little bit after the huge win last night.
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and i think he is going to win indiana, and if ted is putting all his eggs in that basket, if he loses, then he is going to have to make some very real -- he'll have to reassess. i know your views on the whole eating comments. man, if they ever had a camera watching me game over. >> fire away. >> you saw the speech, critics on the left, it was short on specifics, those on the right, you know what, he gave a good overview of how he sees the world, make no apologies, and found it reaganesque. what was your impression. >> i thought he said it wonderfully what his thoughts were, the five things he identify as the real problems, and contrasts as to how president obama and hillary clinton got us into this mess.
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>> obama/clinton interventionism. i think he said that a few times. >> that's normal. absolutely. because it's true. libya was hillary clinton's idea. and she had no backup strategy. benghazi, the mistake there, we can go on and on regarding her input and failures when it comes to foreign policy and basically his apology towards, he started out as presidency, but if you look at, the thing i really enjoyed, the fact that he set these things out, talking about america first, and more importantly, talking about having our allies pay their fair share. i've said that right from the beginning. you know, we shouldn't be the world's like bank here. we have a he got to get -- >> no, i remember when you were running, you were saying that. obviously, ted cruz has taken his moment. that's what you're watching her in indianapolis. they're going to get up on the stage, we think, and announce this. watch, we're completely wrong, it's not carly fiorina, but someone else. but do you get a sense, scott, that -- i know you dismissed the
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idea, it puts pressure on donald trump before the convention, but let's talk about the type of person he would hook up with, someone who is outside the mainstream, but has a little bit because he or she served. i'm thinking to myself, wait a minute, guys, i'm talking to him right now. what do you think? >> no, no, i'm going to make this really easy. my choice, would be senator john thune. no one better in my mind than senator thune. he is well respected inside and outside the belt way. he would carry the entire swath. >> so you're saying if he asked you, you're not interested. >> yeah, no, john would do a greater and better job. >> duly noted. scott, thank you very much. ted cruz a day after getting s shalacked, leave it to this crafty politician. say what you will about him, to seize the momentum, and for a
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brief time, the initiative. ted cruz. god bless the great state of indiana. elections are about choices. the republican party faces a choice today. indiana and america, i believe want to unite behind a positive, optimistic forward looking conservative campaign based on real policy solutions to the problems facing this country. and the american people deserve a real choice in november.
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a choice, and not an echo. a meaningful distinction as we come to november, and the american people are given a choice between two big government liberals, two washington insiders enmeshed in the corruption of washington. then we as a republican party will have failed the american people. and i will tell you when you run for president, one of the most solemn choices you make is the choice of selecting a vice-presidential candidate.
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this is a choice that you are telling the american people this is an individual who i trust. and even more importantly, this is an individual you can trust to lead this country no matter what might happen. any responsible candidate for president would have spent much time assessing possible candidates, thinking through the pros and cons, studying who these people are. praying about it. and examining the potential candidates. and you know, the characteristics that you look for in a vice-president are indeed the very same characteristics you look for in a president.
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first of all, knowledge. do they know enough to do the job? do they know where jobs come from? do they understand why jobs are leaving america? do they understand why manufacturing jobs are being driven overseas? do they understand why carrier has left indiana and gone to mexico? do they understand what is happening in the economy? and government. do they understand the constitution and bill of rights. are these words on a paper, or are these promises that protect our fundamental liberty? and security, do they understand the threats facing us in the world, the threats that potentially endanger your
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children and mine. that's the first criterion that you look for. does this person have the experience and knowledge to do the job. secondly, you look to judgment. do they have the judgment and wisdom to bear the man fill of a job whose responsibilities have grayed the hair of every person to ever have hold that office. do they think through decisions in a rash and impulsive way. do they pop off the handle at whatever strikes them in any given moment. or do they think through careful measures. do they aemble a team around them, who are smarter than they are. there is an old adage in management. as higher as and bs hire cs.
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if you see a leader who deliberately surrounding himself with people who are not capable, who are not informed, who are not skilled, and who would never, ever, ever, stand up to that leader, it tells you that leader is not a leader, but rather, someone not at all secure in who they are. the third thing you look to is character. are they honest? do they have poor principles that come from their gut, are not a momenttarian, but do they know who they are when they look
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in the mirror, it is based on what the media tells them that given day, whatever the fad is, whatever is trending on twitter. or do they have a foundation? and integral to character. how do they treat others. how do they treat others, especially those they don't have to be nice to. you know, everyone knows how to kiss up. everyone can be nice to their boss. that is not a complicated skill. but how do they treat the clerk at the convenient store. how do they treat the average man and woman. how do they treat the american citizen. how do they treat the vulnerable. that reveals everything you need to know about character.
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after a great deal of time and thought, after a great deal of consideration and prayer, i have come to the conclusion that if i am not nominated to be president of the united states, i will run on a ticket with my vice-presidential nominee, carly fiorina.
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born in texas, the very first thing i liked about her, tara fear reena, simply known by carly. is an extraordinary leader. she started working as a secretary at a small firm.
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and she climbed the corporate ladder to become the ceo of the largest technology company in the world. and the first female ceo in history of a fortune 20 company. a graduate of stanford and mit, carly is brilliant and capable, and yet she experienced the hard skr scrabbe world in a business world. i say that as a son of a pioneers computer programmer, my mother who started in the computer industry in the 1950s, i say that as the husband of my wife, heidi cruz, who spent two decades in the business world.
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over and over again, carly has shattered glass ceilings. but in addition to being a woman of extraordinary intelligence, she is also a woman of deep principle. she served as the chairman of the american conservative unit foundation, championing conservative principles on a national level. she has studied the threats facing our national security, serving as chairman of the cia's external advisory board. if you look to the criteria i laid out, let's start number one, with knowledge. she knows from having spent a lifetime how to produce jobs, how to expand jobs.
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how to raise wages. she knows first hand that the key to economic growth is not government and more and more government. it is rather less and less government. my opponent in this race, donald trump, like hillary clinton and bernie sanders, looks to government as the answer to every problem. carly knows first hand from decades in the business world running one of the 20 largest corporations in america where jobs come from.
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and she respects the constitution and bill of rights. they are not -- you know, if a candidate views the bill of rights as an occasional inconvenience, something to be talked about one day and ignored the next, if a candidate views religious to be cast aside when it is inconvenient, if a candidate views the second amendment right is simply a suggestion, they don't have the grounding to be president. carly respects the constitution and the bill of rights, and she understands the threats facing america. she understands this is a
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dangerous world, and in naming her as my vice-presidential nominee, i am also telling you that she is someone you can be confident in if the occasion should arise to be commander in chief, and keep this country safe. we need a president who isn't neutral between israel and the palestinians. we need a president who will not keep in place this iranian nuclear deal, but who will rip it to shreds.
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and the second criterion, judgment. you know, it was seven weeks ago today that carly endorsed our campaign. when carly initially endorsed, before that announcement, she and i sat down and talked at great lengths. one of the things that struck me in that conversation, she said i have a condition for endorsement. i said what is that. i said i don't do anything halfway. i want to be campaigning, i want to be working, i want to be doing everything i can to make the case to the american people. that's the kind of condition you like to hear. her condition was my endorsement is not just an empty rubber stamp, a one momentary fluff in the wind, it is rather a full
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commitment, because carly looked at me and said our country is in crisis, and we have got to do this together. since that time, i have seen her day in and day out, on the campaign bus, going from stop to stop to stop, that she is careful, she is measured, she is serious. she doesn't get overly excited. she doesn't get rattled by whatever is getting thrown at her. and you know, we all saw that when in one of the earliest debates, carly confronted donald trump.
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a man who is in his under characteristic, said look at that face. everyone of us remembers the grace, the class, the elon at which carly responded. responded to donald that she knew exactly what he was saying, and that every woman in america knew exactly what donald trump was saying. you know, one of the great principles of bullies, they feed off of fear. they feed off of people who will cower in the corner when they yell and scream and curse, and they don't know what to do when a strong, powerful woman stands up and says i am not afraid.
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the third characteristic that is oh so important for a president is character. at the end of the day, it's all about character. if the president is a no good scoundral, if the president is a n narsasist, abusive and angry, they will not and cannot be a good president. and for anyone who doubts that, we need only look at the past seven years to see what happens. and a good president must have
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known struggle. must be able to understand those who are struggling. if you've always lived a life of privilege, if you've always been told you are the chosen one, that has real impacts on the job you can do as president. when carly started as a secretary in a small firm in an environment in the business world that was not always welcoming to women, she knew and knows what it is like to struggle in the workplace each and everyday. she has also faced personal struggles, including being diagnosed with breast cancer, battling cancer, and surviving
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cancer. as a son, who was by my mother's side when she battled breast cancer, i know first hand how devastating that disease can be, and i know what a testament it is to her strength and grit and fortitude that she came roaring back. ready to conquer the world. and carly has known tragedy. including the loss of her stepdaughter to a drug overdose. there is no pain on the face of the planet commensurate with the pain of a parent losing a child. and carly has struggled through that, and going through those personal struggles, all of us, everyone here has faced personal struggles, but when it is facing the void, when you are facing
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abyss that you find your character, you find who you are, you find your faith, you find your ground. maybe that's why carly isn't intimidated by bullies. because she has faced challenges a lot worst than someone bellowing and yelling and insulting her face. and let me tell you at a personal level, heidi and i have become friends with carly. we've spent time with her on the campaign trail. we've laughed, watched basketball games together. we have marvels at this crazy, wild journey. and i'll tell you, our girls,
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c caroline and catherine have come to adore carly. on the bus, on the campaign trail, carly makes up songs and sings them to caroline and catherine. and our girls, mind you, they're 8 and 5, both regularly text carly. and let me tell you, carly may become the first vice-president in history to have a very impressive fluency and smiley face emodicons. and when you're texting with a 5 and 8-year-old girl, they're highly valuable. listen, some might ask why now? it's tradition that a
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vice-presidential nominee is announced at the convention. it is unusual to make the announcement as early as we're doing so now. i think all would acknowledge, this race, if anything, it is unusual. where we are now, the mainstream media, the new york media executives an the washington lobbyists are all trying to tell the american people the race is over. but let me tell you where we are right now. where we are right now, nobody is getting to 1,237 delegates. i'm not getting to 1,237 delegates, and donald j. trump is not getting to 1,237
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delegates. and the hoosier state is going to have a powerful voice in making that clear. so why make that announcement now? well, for one thing, if we are to win, number one, win the nomination, but number two, even more importantly, win the general election, we must unite. and carly as the vice-presidential nominee, who i believe is superbly gifted at helping unite the party, bring us together so we stand united as one.
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secondly, i make that announcement today so that you the voters, the voters in indiana, the voters in nebraska, the voters in south dakota and washington state across the country, you will know what you will get. the voters deserve to know. you deserve to have a candidate who doesn't change as the wind blows in any given moment. you deserve to know exactly where a candidate stands. the final reason for making the decision now is to give the american people a clear choice.
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elections are about choices. i'll cross this country, millions of americans are struggling with an economy that isn't working with the obama/clinton economy that is stagnant, are seeing the bill of rights under assault, religious liberties, violated by the federal government. a supreme court hanging in the balance. a president who abandons our friends and allies, whether it is great britain or israel. and a president who is unwilling to stand up and confront radical islamic terrorism and defeat isis. some in the media will say wouldn't it be easier just to throw up your hands and say surrender. donald trump has won some of the races. so we should step back and let
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him win them all. if we nominate a candidate who is a big government new york liberal, who is a washington insider, who agrees with hillary clinton and barack obama on issue after issue after issue, and whose lobbyist campaign manager told us he is only playing a part, this is only a role, he is lying to us. then we as a republican party will have failed profoundly for this country, because the men and women of indiana know if we give people a clear choice between freedom and tyranny, between prosperity and poverty, between vulnerability and
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weakness, and peace through strength, that the american people will choose the constitution and jobs and freedom and security over and over again. the difference between carly and me on the one side, and donald trump and hillary clinton on the other side, could not be starker. if you want someone that will stand and fight for the working men and women of this country, fight for the men and women with callo c callous on your hands, fight for the young people, fight for those struggling and want to achieve the american dream, then
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do not go with the washington insiders who have sold us down the river. this ticket is about the future. it is about our children. it is about our grandchildren. the stakes of this election, we are not simply wagering on a sporting contest. we are involved in a fight that everyone of us is privileged to be here to be fighting to save the greatest country in the history of the world to make sure that the next generation has every bit as much freedom and opportunity as each of us was blessed to have. and with that, i am pleased to
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introduce to you an extraordinary leader, my friend and the next vice-president of the united states, carly fiorina. hello, indiana.
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thank you. today, i am very proud and very humbled and honored to announce that i have accepted senator ted cruz's offer to be his vice-president for the republican nomination. you know, ted cruz could not be more right in what he said. there is a lot at stake. in fact, this is a fight. this is a fight for the soul of our party and the future of our nation. now, there are some who would say a lot of people in the media, why have the fight. just lay down. let's let it be over here.
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you know what, i've had tough fights all my life. tough fights don't worry me a bit. what matters is the fight worth having. this is a fight worth having, worth winning, and with your help, we will win this fight. this fight is about far more than a ticket. this fight is about far more than ted cruz and carly fiorina. this is a fight for all of us. for our party, for our future, for our children's future. you know, last night, it was pretty clear, everybody in the media, establishments, the elite, they said it's over. donald trump won. it's over. but it isn't over. it isn't over, because you and people all across the great hoosier state, people all across this nation know that donald trump and hillary clinton both
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will be disastrous for this nation. you see, what we have, you know, donald trump and hillary clinton, they are two sides of the same coin. they're both liberal. we know that. but you know, hillary clinton, like so many politicians, hillary clinton has made her millions selling access and influence from inside the system. and donald trump has made his billions buying people like hillary clinton. they are not going to challenge the system that has sold us all down the river. they're not going to challenge the elites. they're not going to challenge the crony capital lists. no, they're not going to challenge the system. they are the system.
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you know, ted mentioned it has been seven weeks since i endorsed him. i voted for him before i ever had a conversation with him about endorsing him. and of course, that's what you have to do on tuesday. vote for him. but we -- good for you. now you can get a few more to vote. but we've been traveling around the country. i've come to know ted and heidi and caroline and catherine. i know two girls that i just
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adore. ♪ i'm so happy i can see them more ♪ ♪ because we travel on the bus all day, we get to play, we get to play ♪ >> i won't bore you with any more of the song. they have four verses, love you girls. here is what i have come to know about this man who must be the next president he's a fighter, too. he's been in lots of fights. he has fought for our religious liberty. he has fought for our right to bear arms. he has fought over and over in front of the supreme court so many times and he's won all of those fights. you know, there are people who say well, you know he's made
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some enemies. listen, as someone who has challenged the status quo all of my life, that's what i've done. that's how you get from secretary to ceo, you challenge the status quo, it's the only way we solve festering problems and lord knows we have festering problems in washington, d.c. the only way you solve festering problems is you actually have to challenge the status quo. and i'll tell you something about challenging the system and the status quo, you do more than ruffle feathers, do you more than rock the boat. you make enemies so i am reassured and i am proud of some of the enemies that ted cruz has made. it means he's going to fight. and this is our fight. but let me tell you something else about this man. those two girls that i adore, caroline and catherine. let me tell you how much they
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adore their dad. i have watched ted and heidi. they are partners. they are a couple that rely on one another just as my husband frank of over 30 years rely on each other, through good times and in bad. ted is a lot of fun. yes, let's face it he's really brilliant. he's a constitutional attorney, for heaven's sakes. he's a lot of fun. in fact he mentioned watching a basketball game. you no he we were on the bus and we were watching the final four and we were watching the very last game. villanova, and north carolina and here we are in the final. if you remember that game, you're a basketball state, right? you remember that game. so here we are, anyway, it's 4.38 seconds to go in the game. and without knowing what the exciting finish would be, here's ted cruz putting money on the game.
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everybody has got money throwing on the table. he's a heck of a lot of fun, but more than that, he actually is what he says he is. he is who he says he is. you know, ted mentioned that that second debate. and one of the things that i got asked in that debate was -- and i've been asked almost every day since -- will you support donald trump if he's the nominee? and i said then what i said the week he announced his candidacy. he does not represent me and he does not represent my party. but here's something else i said in that second debate. i said you know, there's an old saying, tough times build character. that's not true. tough times reveal character.
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character is revealed over time and under pressure. character is revealed in the pattern of someone's life, not in what they choose to say behind a podium. and i can tell you that the character of ted cruz has been revealed over time and under pressure and in the pattern of his life. he is a principled fighter. he is man of character and conviction and he understands the importance of the constitution to the future of this nation. i have to take a moment and explain why the constitution even matters. because you know there's some people who would say well it's a dusty relic. it was written so long ago. let me tell you why it matters. but to tell you why it matters i need to go back and tell you a little bit about myself.
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when i was a little girl just eight years old, i was in sunday school one morning, my mother was my sunday school teacher that year. and she looked at me and the rest of her class and she said, what you are is god's gift to you. what you make of yourself is your gift to god. i have traveled and lived and worked all over the world. for decades. i have seen people in every possible corner of the globe and in every conceivable circumstance. and i can tell you that indeed each of us, all of us are gifted by god. each of us, each of us and all of us have the capacity and the desire to live lives of dignity and purpose. and meaning. and we know and it has always
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been true, that work done well brings us dignity. and family brings us purpose. and faith gives meaning to our lives. and that is true all over the world. and when people do not have the opportunity to work, they lose dignity. and when families are frayed, purpose becomes uncertain and when people are disconnected from their faith, then they lose meaning in their lives. and so if everyone is gifted by god if everyone has the desire and the capacity to live a life of dignity and purpose and meaning, we must ask ourselves now as americans, when we face so much in this fight, we must ask ourselves, why is it that more things have been more possible for more people for more places here than anywhere else on earth? because knowing the answer to that question is what will save the future of this nation.
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i am keenly aware, i am keenly aware that it is only in this nation that a young woman can start out the way i did, typing, filing, answering the phones for a nine-person real estate firm. one day, go on and become the chief executive of what we turned into the largest technology company in the world. run for the president of the united states, and run now for the vice presidency of the united states. that is only possible in this great nation. and the reason it's possible, the reason it's possible here and only here is because our founders knew what my mother taught me. our founders knew that everyone is gifted by god. that all of us are equal in the eyes of god.
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that everyone has potential. usually far more than we realize. and so they said, we're going to found a nation on a radical visionary idea. that here in this nation everyone has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. that was their way of saying everyone has the right to find and use their god-given gifts to fulfill their potential. and they said and this was the radical part -- that that right comes from god and cannot be taken away by man or government. and so this became a nation where entrepreneurship flourished and innovation flourished and where more things became more possible for more people from more places. the constitution rightly enshrines the rights to our
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liberties that give us the right to fulfill our potential. our founders knew it's always been true throughout history and i used to study history. our founders knew all throughout history, this also is true. power concentrated is power abused. and so the constitution is rightly understood not just as a document to enshrine our rights and liberties, but also a document to prevent, to restrain the concentration and the abuse of power. and we have gone way too far from the constitution. the reality is for the last decades, under republicans and democrats alike, too much power and too much money are concentrated in the hands of too few. we must restore power, liberty,
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where it belongs. in the citizens, in the hands of citizens of this nation, small businesses. communities and states. that is why having a constitutional conservative in the white house matters. because a president, in order to fix what ails us must restore our constitutional balance of power. >> our entrenched political system, our system of crony capitalism, it works if you're a big company. but it doesn't work if you're a small company. it works if you're wealthy or powerful. or well-connected like donald trump or hillary clinton. just as a for example. but it doesn't work for the rest of us. ours was intended to be a citizen government. and now we must restore, and a president ted cruz will restore power bac


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